Largest option buying in equities so far
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Bank of America (BAC): Investors bought almost 15,000 January 11 calls, mostly for $0.11, looking for upside in the shares. BAC rose 2.94 percent to $8.39.
Valero Energy (VLO): An investor sold 10,000 January 40 calls for $0.22 and bought an equal number of march 40 calls for $0.45. The trade reflects a desire to be long the refinery stock over the long run. VLO rose 1.34 percent to $30.15.
NRG Energy (NRG): More than 7,000 March 25 calls traded against no previous open interest. Most of which were bought for $0.95 as investors look for upside in the share price. NRG rose 1.62 percent to $22.62.
CBRE Group (CBG): A block of 18,000 October 17 puts were purchased for $0.60 as investors look to hedge against a decline in the share price. CBG rose 1.61 percent to $18.35.
Home Depot (HD): Almost 20,000 September 55 puts were bought for $0.57 to $0.62, against open interest of 8,736 contracts. They will make money from the shares dropping, so the buyer is looking for downside in the home-improvement chain. HD rose 0.21 percent to $56.69.
Best Buy (BBY): More than 9,500 September 13 puts were bought, mostly for $0.11, but volume was below open interest in the strike. BBY declined 4.85 percent to $17.28.